Monday, August 15, 2005
How Can You Tell When Even The Right-Wingers Are Admitting That Their Beloved Invasion Of Iraq Isn't Going All That Well?
Answer: When they start reworking the old German fascists' Dolchstoßlegende! That's right, kiddies: The fine deluded folk over in the right-wing half of the blogosphere, fresh from their helping Matt Drudge and FOX News smear and lie about Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan, are now reviving the old "stab in the back" myth that Hitler used to rise to power and which was last used to "explain" the US' loss in Vietnam. For those of you who slept through high school history class, the Dolchstoßlegende is the classic example of where the people responsible for a grand foul-up successfully blame somebody else for it. It worked for Germany's ruling classes in the post-World-War-I era (their scapegoats of choice being -- surprise! -- lefties, Jews, and other non-right-wing non-Aryans), so of course the neo-cons must give it a whirl. The religio-racist right can never, ever admit that: a) invading Iraq was a bad idea, b) BushCo lied about why they wanted to invade, c) the right-wingers knew/suspected BushCo was lying, but didn't care so long as they thought they could kill lots of Muslim "hajis" and "towelheads" and grab the Muslims' oil without suffering any losses themselves, d) anyone with a brain and who wasn't on the boards of any oil companies (such as most of the Pentagon's general staff -- most of whom drive hybrid cars) knew it was a bad idea, and/or e) the post-invasion situation was gone from bad to worse to horrible. So that's why they have to pretend that the Great Big All-Powerful Left (which is so powerful that it got John Kerry and a Democratic Congress elected in 2004 -- oh, wait, that didn't happen, did it?), and not their own foul-up-itude, is to blame. And it also helps if they try to ignore commentary from actual military officers who actually know what the hell is happening and aren't afraid to talk about it. (Tip of the hat to Steve J., who posted this article over at Is That Legal?, which is a fine blog but doesn't allow folks to link to comments.)
THANKS JOHN FOR SUPPORTING BUSHCO
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